Newsletter Week 7 Term 1

St Brigid's School 15 March 2022

Linda's Message

Dear Parents and Caregivers

Our wonderfully diverse community enriches our school in many ways, bringing experiences of culture, tradition, language, celebrations etc that grow our school. It also brings the different and unique forms of educational experiences that parents have had in their countries of birth. Education systems around the world vary greatly and Aoteroa/New Zealand has developed a world class education system over the last 150 years. But it is different from what many of our parents know from their own personal experiences.

One of the concepts that is new for some parents is composite classes; and this is something a few parents have asked me about.

Composite classes, in our case, Year 3/4, Year 5/6 and Year 7/8, align with the New Zealand Curriculum. The curriculum has been developed in ‘bands’ to cover two years of learning for children.

Level 1 - Years 1 and 2

Level 2 - Years 3 and 4

Level 3 - Years 5 and 6

Level 4 - Years 7 and 8

This allows for children to work through the two year curriculum with teaching targeted at where they need it to be. Most children start at the beginning of the two year band and move through it over the two years, but for some children it means that they can dip in and out to fill gaps that they might have, or to provide challenges.

Children are now staying with the same teacher for two years, so that they can continue their academic development through each Curriculum Level without interruption. This also has a positive impact on social relationships and decreases anxiety about change. Having a bigger range in ages (than a single year group would) also provides opportunities for leadership and builds confidence.

If you would like to know more about the New Zealand Curriculum levels please check out the school’s website. There is information in the Parent Zone under School Report Info.

God Bless


St Brigid’s School Board Casual Vacancy for a Parent Representative

A casual vacancy has occurred on the school board for an elected parent representative.

The board has decided to fill the vacancy by selection.

If 10% or more of eligible voters on the school roll ask the board, within 28 days of this notice being published, to hold a by-election to fill the vacancy, then a by-election will be held.

Request for a by-election should be sent to:

Meg Davies, Presiding member

St Brigid’s Board

39D Helston Road


Wellington 6037

By 12 April 2022

Upcoming Events

  • St Patrick's Day Non uniform Day "Wear Green' - Thursday 17 March

  • Kahui Ako Staff Only Day - Friday March 18

  • Rooms 12, 13 & 14 Swimming - Tuesday 22 March

Kahui Ako Staff Only Day - Friday 18 March

There will be no staff on site this Friday 18 March as it is our Kahui Ako Staff Only Day.

Wear Green on Thursday 17 March for St Patrick's Day

We invite all students on Thursday 17 March to wear as much green as possible. It´s a non-uniform day. It is also an opportunity to have some fun and lift our spirits midterm.

No money is required. We are celebrating St Patrick’s Day!

St Patrick shared an inspirational quote -

“May the blessings of each day be the blessings you need the most.”

St Brigid’s Netball 2022

Welcome to the 2022 netball season at St Brigid’s School. Here is some information you may find helpful before registering your child.

Season Dates:

The 2022 season dates are still to be confirmed for the Year 1-4 programme and we will update you once we have them

  • 2021 dates as a guide were Year 1- 2s proposed dates are 8 August until 26 September

  • 2021 dates as a guide were Year 3-4s play from Saturday 22 May until 28 August

  • Year 5-8s play from Saturday 7 May until 27 August.

  • 3rd September is the rain day for Years 5-8s

Games are played at Newlands College and Newlands Intermediate except the Year 1-2s programme.

Year 1 & 2 Netball Programme:

This programme is run out of the gym at Queen Margaret College. Registration details will be available during Term 2. Children register and attend as individuals. Cost TBC

Year 3 & 4 Netball Programme:

Will follow the same format as last year - a skill based programme on a Saturday afternoon at Newlands College. They play a shortened version of the game 5v5.

Year 5 & 6 Netball Programme:

Year 5 & 6 students play a 6v6 format. They will be grouped with others from their Year group as we are able to (depending on numbers).

Year 7& 8 Netball Programme and Trials:

Year 7 & 8 students play 7v7 format. Depending on registration numbers we will be either selecting a top St Brigid’s team consisting of Year 7 and 8 students or keeping teams to year groups. If trials are required we will contact you to arrange a time for this.


Years 1- 4 are able to wear anything that is comfortable. The St Brigid’s sports top is part of the Netball uniform for Year 5 & 6. If you don’t have a sports top you will need to order one to be ready for the start of the season. School will provide a skirt which is to be washed and returned in as good a condition as received at the end of the season. We have a netball uniform for our year 7 & 8 players.


Enrolments will be done online this year. Please fill out ALL details on the registration form available on this link


Please ensure the form is completed by Wednesday 23 March. No late registrations can be taken, so please ensure your child’s form is back on time. If you require a hard copy of the file please email

Help Needed:

In order to run the netball programme we need parent help for roles. We need help with coaching, managing and umpiring. If you or any of your family members or friends are able to help please include this in the online enrolment. If you are unsure at all please email


The cost for the season is yet to be determined however as a guide the fees for the 2021 season were as follows:

● $65.00 (Years 5, 6, 7 & 8)

● $45 (Years 3 & 4)

We will let you know the cost as soon as possible.

Please do not hesitate to contact for ANY questions.

Kiwi Examinations Yr 5-8

The University of Canterbury is offering your child the opportunity to participate in the KIWI English, Mathematics and Science competitions.

These competitions take place annually and are designed by New Zealand teachers for New Zealand students based on the New Zealand Curriculum. For further information, please consult the CAM website

The competitions are open to all Year 5-10 students who can enter in one or more subjects. The competition will provide parents/caregivers with an Individual Pupil Report of a student’s performance.

The supervised online tests will take place in the last 3 weeks of Term 2 and the first week of Term 3.

Entries close on Friday 8 April 2022. The cost is $9.50 per examination.

To give permission for your child to participate in the 2022 KIWI competitions, please email Fiona Kearns with the following details:

  • Child's name
  • Date of Birth
  • Class
  • Year Level
  • Competition/s paid for

Please deposit the entry fee into our school bank account by Friday 8 April 2022.

Account name: St Brigid’s School

Account number: 12 - 3041 - 0341681 - 00

Ref - CAM (Surname)

Scholastic Lucky Book Club - Issue 2

A copy of Issue 2 of the Lucky Book Club brochure will be sent home this week with students. To purchase any books just note the 3-digit code next to the title.

Visit, type in the postcode 6037 and find St Brigid's School on the dropdown list, then follow the instructions from there. Orders are to be made by Wednesday 23 March.

Student Celebrations

Congratulations to Dylan Hutchinson who recently competed in the Wellington Surf Life Saving Regionals. Dylan came 3rd in the Board Race and 5th in the Diamond's for Titahi Bay Surf Life Saving.

Well done Dylan!

Complimentary tickets to games for the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup at the Basin Reserve

We have been offered complimentary tickets to games for the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup at the Basin Reserve.

This amazing offer is available for these games:






Please email Janet at with the number of tickets you would like and for which game.

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Sacred Heart Cathedral Wellington - On line Art Auction

The inaugural Metropolitan Cathedral of the Sacred Heart Charity Art Auction to raise funds for the restoration and seismic strengthening of the cathedral is coming together well as we gear up for the launch on Saturday 19 March 2022.

The uncertainty around Covid-19 has created the opportunity to move our charity art auction online, so we can reach more people than the original event we had planned. We are new to this but so excited to bring this to you and look forward to your support.

Among the artists exhibiting their wonderful works are Del Te Rito, Charlotte Hird, Jim Gorman, Olympia Osborne, Sonia Treacy, Ellen Donnelly and many more. We are so blessed to have them come on board.

Registering for the auction is easy. All you need is your mobile phone or access to internet on your computer.

The auction will run 24 x 7 from 19 March to 27 March 2022.

If you have any questions, feel free to email

The website for the auction can be found:

Knowledge Shop are looking for a teacher to teach on a Tuesday 4pm - 6.45pm

Knowledge Shop is an after school English tuition business in Johnsonville.

We are looking for a teacher to teach on a Tuesday 4pm - 6.45pm. Classes are held at the Johnsonville Community Centre.

Position - Qualified teacher to teach English to intermediate and junior high school students. Note all work is already planned.

Please contact John if you are interested in the position. Alternatively, please pass this on to suitably qualified colleagues or friends who may be looking for part-time work.

Our e-mail address is